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love and loss:
finding meaning in your life stories

a special writing workshop with the inspirational Barbara Clark

In this workshop, you will engage in a process of inquiry to find meaning in your experiences of love and loss, and learn how to craft an effective story.  

Award-winning storyteller Barbara Clark will teach you a writing process that magnifies awareness, sense of purpose, and an authentic voice.

You will leave with a complete story imbued with meaning for yourself and your audience.  Sharing is optional.


“Barbara has been aptly described as ‘a force of nature’.  Her very presence is an inspiration.”  
Ping Ho, Founding Director, UCLArts and Healing


Barbara H. Clark is a professional storyteller who performs her original personal stories in concerts, conferences, and festivals throughout Southern California. The stories include events from her life in a small east coast town and Los Angeles, warm profiles of memorable relatives, and startling accounts of spooky events. In 2005, she was presented the "Storytelling Spirit Award" by the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival for her contributions to the storytelling community. Ms. Clark's polished stage presence reflects 30 years spent as an administrator with Los Angeles Public Library, for which she received a Presidential Citation from President Richard Nixon, and a Civil Service Commendation, the first given to a librarian. After retirement, she was a five-time recipient of L. A. Cultural Affairs Department grants to perform her stories at various Senior Citizen Centers. Another series of Cultural Affairs grants installed her as Artist-In-Residence at Vineyard Senior citizen Center, where for 9 years she conducted the "Tell Me A Story" storytelling workshop which instructed participants in techniques for turning memories and life experiences into structured stories suitable for performing before an audience, in two annual shows. In 2006, she was recognized as "Unsung Hero of the Year" by KCET-TV for her work with seniors, and her workshop was highlighted daily on television for the full month of February. Meanwhile, for 14 years she served as secretary / grant writer for a Literacy Council which provided gift books and professional storytellers to 26 mid-city preschools, and for that she was presented the "Guiding Light Service Award" by the council board in 2007. When City funding for her "Tell Me A Story" workshop was discontinued, Barbara twice relocated the workshop rather than ending it. Now in its 12th year, the workshop is currently located at the Institute of Musical Arts, where she is Board Chair and Artistic Director for its theater. There she produces and directs monthly storytelling performances, and leads a storytelling ensemble called "Women’s Voices." Barbara has a B.A. degree from Howard University and a M.L.S. degree from the University of Southern California.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Note: There will be a 30 minute lunch break, from 12:00 to 12:30 pm.


YWCA Santa Monica/Westside - Auditorium
2019 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

directions & parking: 
For directions to the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, click here.

We suggest that you bring lunch, snacks, and water, as there is no convenient source of food nearby, and the lunch break is brief.

continuing education units (CEU) information:
Provider Name: Arts and Healing Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Provider Number: 4468.

Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $25. This course meets the qualifications for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Continuing Education Units for RNs are provided by Helen Kiger, Provider No. CEP10957. This class is approved for 6.5 contact hours of continuing education credit for RNs as required by the CA Board of Registered Nursing.
If you are interested in CEUs for RNs, then advance notice is required, as we are unfortunately not able to accommodate RN CEU requests on the day of the program. For RN CEU requests, simply let us know via email at, with the subject header, "RN CEU Request," so we can ensure we have the appropriate paperwork prepared for you on the day of the program.

learning objectives for CEUs:
  1. Participants will able to describe the process of inquiry to identify stories in their lives.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the process of inquiry to find meaning in those stories.
  3. Participants will learn how to craft their stories in a way that maximizes meaning for themselves as well as their audience.
  4. Participants will experience the social-emotional benefits of sharing their stories as well as hearing the stories of others.
  5. Participants will be able to state two ways in which this work can be helpful in the practice of nursing
for more information:
Please submit questions via email to or telephone us at (310) 452-1439.

Refund Policy: In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees. We hope that you will find comfort in knowing that your fees are going to a worthy cause.

Reservation Policy: Reservations can be made for free events, unless noted otherwise in the program description. Individuals who have made reservations and who have arrived on time will be admitted first. After that time, everyone will have an equal opportunity for admission.

Wait List Policy: Based on past experience, we expect that a certain number of registrants will not be able to attend events. If registration for an event is full, joining the wait list will give you a higher priority for admittance at the door. If additional space for an event becomes available, individuals on the wait list will be notified via email and given the opportunity to enroll in the event before the additional spaces are advertised to the general public.

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